A tinted review in adult Forecasts indicates a book that's of exceptional importance to our readers, but hasn't received a starred or boxed review.

FROM A BUICK 8

Stephen King, Author . Scribner $28 (368p) ISBN 978-0-7432-1137-6

A tinted review in adult Forecasts indicates a book that's of exceptional importance to our readers, but hasn't received a starred or boxed review.

FROM A BUICK 8Stephen King. Scribner, $28 (368p) ISBN 0-7432-1137-5

King, we learn in an author's note, hashed out the plot of this gripper while driving from western Pennsylvania to New York. The first draft took two months to write. That's quick work, and it's reflected in the book's simplicity of plot and theme; unlike King's chewy last novel, Dreamcatcher, this one goes down like a shot of moonshine, hot and clean, much like Cujo, say, or Gerald's Game. In 1979, an odd man drives what at first glance looks like a 1954 mint-quality Buick Roadmaster up to a service station in rural Pennsylvania, then vanishes, leaving behind the car. The state police of Troop D deposit the vehicle in a shed near their barracks, where, up to the present, it remains a secret from all but cop colleagues—for the car isn't exactly a car; it may be alive, and it certainly serves as a doorway between our world and... what? Another dimension? Another galaxy? The troopers never find out, despite their amateurish scientific investigations of it and of the weird beings that occasionally emerge from the vehicle's trunk: freaky fish, creepy flowers and more. Moreover, the "car" is dangerous: the day it appears, a state trooper disappears, and experiments over the years with cockroaches, etc., indicate that just as the car can spew things out, it will ingest them. While the book's relative brevity and simplicity does lend comparison to earlier King, and King has relied on a nasty car before (Christine), the author's stylistic maturity manifests in his sophisticated handling of the round robin of narrators (both first and third-person), the sharp portrayal of police ways and mores and the novel's compelling subthemes (loyalty, generational bondings) and primary theme: that life is filled with Buick 8s, phenomena that blindside us and that we can never understand. This novel isn't major King, but it's nearly flawless—and one terrific entertainment. (On sale Sept. 24)

Reviewed on: 06/03/2002
Release date: 09/01/2002
Show other formats
FORMATS
Compact Disc - 978-0-7435-8161-5
Hardcover - 512 pages - 978-1-4000-0314-3
Ebook - 368 pages - 978-0-7432-4679-8
Mass Market Paperbound - 487 pages
Mass Market Paperbound - 496 pages - 978-0-7434-5737-8
Paperback - 467 pages - 978-0-340-95266-5
Hardcover - 528 pages - 978-0-340-77069-6
Paperback - 496 pages - 978-0-340-98038-5
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7435-2095-9
Compact Disc - 12 pages - 978-0-7435-2096-6
Hardcover - 512 pages - 978-0-7432-2847-3
Hardcover - 368 pages - 978-0-684-01715-0
Hardcover - 368 pages - 978-0-684-01714-3
Hardcover - 978-0-684-01716-7
Prebound-Other - 978-0-613-70739-8
Mass Market Paperbound - 487 pages - 978-1-4165-2431-1
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4498-8344-7
Book - 978-0-7435-6333-8
Paperback - 467 pages - 978-1-4447-0811-0
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.